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When Is a Church Not a Church? When It's a Debt Collector
The Episcopal Church (USA) has two primary sources of income: according to its latest audited financial statements for the calendar year 2013 , it received a little over $27 million from its member dioceses, and it received half as much again, or $13.8 mill...
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Reconciling John's Account of Good Friday
[ Note : This post is an update of the one I published on Good Friday, four years ago . It incorporates some newer information. ]   There is far more literature about the date of Jesus' death than there is about his birth. One reason is probably that there ...
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As Predicted: Federal Appeals Court Returns Trademark Action to SC District Court
In a published decision earlier today , the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit reversed an earlier decision of Senior District Judge C. Weston Houck to abstain from exercising  jurisdiction over a case alleging infringement of trademarks ...
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Tyranny in Vestments
The time has come, the Walrus said, to talk of many things: Of shoes, and ships, and sealing wax; of cabbages, and kings. Yes, indeed - "of cabbages and kings." The thing you need to know about the former is to "[p]lant [the] recommended variety", and tha...
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Dust-up in Fort Worth over All Saints
As I reported at the end of this post , Bishop Iker made an overture to the congregation of All Saints in the rump diocese to use the dispute resolution process of diocesan Canon 32 to reach a settlement as to which faction of All Saints parish would remain...
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ECUSA and the Freedom of Association: a Showdown Is Coming
Litigation between the Episcopal Church (USA) and its parishes has been ongoing for more than fifteen years. It is a myth to say that the Church did not start any of the lawsuits: you can read all of the dreary details in this post . The Church and its seve...
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Legal News from South Carolina and San Joaquin
Late yesterday the South Carolina Supreme Court issued a brief order transferring to itself the jurisdiction over the appeal filed by ECUSA and its rump group (ECSC) from the February 3, 2015 judgment and order against them entered by Circuit Court Judge Di...
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Memorandum to Presiding Bishop Jefferts Schori (CONFIDENTIAL)
MEMORANDUM TO: Her Excellency, the Most Rev. Dr. Katharine Jeffers Schori FROM: Chancellor to the Presiding Bishop DATE: April 1, 2015 SUBJECT: Need for Immediate Pastoral Direction CONFIDENTIAL - FOR THE PB'S EYES ONLY Your Excellency: There is urgent need...
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The Church's Finances (I): Not as Rosy as Claimed
The Executive Council of the Episcopal Church (USA) has commended the staff at Church headquarters (815 Second Avenue in New York) for producing an operating "surplus" of some $2.4 million for calendar 2014 .  A resolution adopted at the Council's latest me...
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Obama and "Affordable Plumbing": a Parable
Only weeks after leaving office on Jan. 20, 2017, former President Barack Obama discovers a leak under his sink, so he calls Troy the Plumber to come out and fix it. Troy drives to Obama’s new house, which is located in a very exclusive, gated community nea...
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The Meaning of the Fort Worth Decision
The brief summary judgment order signed last Monday by Judge Chupp does not even begin to touch on the significance that lies behind it. Let me use this post as a vehicle to make its significance understandable to anyone who will take the time to read it. T...
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A Rule of Law, or of One Man?
Capitol Hill is today, for better or worse, the last bulwark of this country's Rule of Law. If the Republicans -- given a majority in both Houses in order to stop the administration's lawlessness -- cannot hold the line against Obama's illegal amnesty measu...
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Bad leaders are the consequence of bad citizenship. And this is not simply that you get what you vote for. This is about lacking the will to find out the truth for yourself. Totalitarian rule succeeds where there is ignorance, laziness, and complacency.
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Attorney specializing in real property law and litigation, including church canon law
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    1970 - present
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Cambridge, MA - Honolulu, HI - Freiburg, Germany - Nevada City, CA
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An Episcopalian baptized and confirmed under the 1928 Book of Common Prayer. Things have not been the same since 1979, and my blog "Anglican Curmudgeon" is part of a long-time effort to understand why.
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I have started a second blog, "All Things Beethoven", to post some of my research on that composer and his music.
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  • Harvard University
    Music, 1962 - 1966
  • Harvard Law School
    J. D., 1967 - 1970
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